The Avant Tecno KTM rider suffered a hard crash in the FP3 that only allowed him to complete one lap in qualifying. Ajo will start from the seventh row in tomorrow’s race.
It was a tough day for Niklas Ajo at the San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix, who had big fall in the third practice session, obliging him to visit the Riccione Hospital and thus miss most of qualifying. With everyone on the team pulling together, the Avant Tecno KTM rider made it out onto the track with just five minutes remaining to complete a single lap, which placed him in the twenty-first position on the seventh row.
The start of the second day of work was complicated for Niklas Ajo. The Avant Tecno KTM rider suffered a crash on his first trip out of the box, when another rider abruptly slowed in Turn 2. Although he suffered no major injuries, he missed over twenty minutes of the session. With an excellent effort from the team, Ajo was back on track and able to set a time of 1:46.059.
Following this session, the youngster started to notice headaches and after passing through the circuit’s medical center, was sent to hospital in Riccione for a full check. Fortunately the results were positive and Niklas Ajo returned to the circuit in time for the last five minutes of qualifying. With time for just one lap, the Avant Tecno rider set the twenty first fastest time of the session and will start the race tomorrow from the seventh row.
Niklas Ajo will complete his second Grand Prix of San Marino of his career in tomorrow’s race, as last year saw him unable to finish the race.
Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 1:42.707
2. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:42.768 +0.061
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:43.171 +0.464
4. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (KTM) 1:43.657 +0.950
5. Niccolo Antonelli (FTR Honda) 1:43.727 +1.020
21. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 1:44.609 +1.902
Niklas Ajo >> Audio (Eng) // Audio (Fin)
”It was a difficult morning. I fell in the third free practice session because a rider was braking suddenly in front of me in the middle of the turn. I couldn’t avoid hitting the back of his bike and I crashed. I hit my head hard against the track. At first I didn’t understand anything and everything looked a little fuzzy. I went to the medical center because I had a headache and I was sent to the hospital for a complete physical check. They gave me the ’OK’ to enter qualifying. I arrived back with ten minutes to end the session and I went out to set a lap that put me on the seventh row for tomorrow.”
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